At various times as I have been working at my computer the message will come on the screen saying “the operating system has
experienced a serious error.” After rebooting - the system will return to normal and I will be able to continue what I am doing. In a
sense, this … More
In some minds the Ark seems small. Yet, until the 1800’s the Ark was the largest boat ever built. The ark had 100,000 feet of floor space. If you can picture in your mind a railway box car, imagine 522 of them fitting into the Ark - that’s a lot of box cars but only about 146, or 28% would be needed to hold the animals. This left 70% of the Ark free to store food, etc.
Noah is working to determine the hospitality of the world (vv 6-12). Noah’s agents are two very different birds. The raven is useless, the dove is extremely useful. One day Noah opened the window of the ark, which he had made, and sent out a raven which didn’t come back but flew back and forth until the waters dried up (vv. 6-7). Then he sent out a dove, which naturally inhabits the valleys, but it soon came flying to Noah and the safety of the ark (vv. 8-9).
A week later Noah sent the dove out again and this time she came flying back with an olive branch in her mouth which was welcome proof that the valleys were beginning to clear (vv. 10-11). Noah knew that the ground was drying up. A week later he sent the dove again but this time she didn’t return unto him any more (v. 12). From the dove and the raven we can learn a spiritual lesson. The dove, a clean white bird, acceptable to the Lord, representative of the Holy Spirit (John 1:32) stands in a purposeful contrast against the unclean, unacceptable, black raven.
At the end of forty days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent forth a raven. It went to and fro until the waters were dried up from the earth. Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore.
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Genesis 5:1-24Five Patriarchs Lived Over 900 Years
Genesis 5:25-32Noah Brings Comfort to Those Under The Curse of Death
Genesis 6:1-8Sons of God and Daughters of Men
Genesis 6:9-12God Warns Noah
Genesis 6:13-22Noah Builds The Ark
Genesis 7:1-9Entering The Ark
Genesis 7:10-24It Rained 40 Days And Nights
Genesis 8:1-5The Water Goes Down
Genesis 8:6-12Noah Sends Out a Dove
Genesis 8:13-19Noah And His Family Leave The Boat
Genesis 8:20-22Noah Built an Altar
Genesis 9:1-7God’s Covenant With Noah
Genesis 9:8-19God Will Never Destroy The Earth Again With Water
Genesis 9:20-29Prophecies About Noah’s Family
Genesis 10:1-32The Descendants of Noah
Genesis 11:1-9The Tower of Babel
Genesis 11:10-32Shem And Terah’s Descendants